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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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very good

3,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 149
Gots: 263 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

About one finger thick brown- dark tan colored head with a good standing. Forms a thin layer in some time. Very dark brown color while pouring, pitch black and dark inside the glass. Opaque. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma :Roasted malts, some toffee and chocolate. No coffee is present. Some hops. Very typical aroma, not something that is strong on the nose.

Taste: Slight bitterness upfront, derived from roasted malts and some hops may be. Bitter dry finish. Sweetness is non-existent. Some chocolate and toffee is observed while coffee flavor is totally absent. Hops are felt and that is good. A burnt up aftertaste, that is too much once you are done with the bottle. Brings the rating down to 4 from 4.5.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly full. Surprisingly smooth to drink. Quite quaffable. Moderate carbonation. Roasted malts derived astringency, that is overpowering after the finish.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Commendable brew. I have an expedition waiting in the fridge, expectations from which have increased.

AmitC, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of patpbr
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Pours dark giving way to a nice brown head. The smell is strong of coffee some caramel. Taste is roast, toasty with a strong flavor, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla. A creamy and thick mouth feel with interesting bitterness. This here is a robust porter

patpbr, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a D'achouffe snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles into an 1/8 inch head with nice stringy lacing.

S- Heavy malt nose with notes of caramel and cereal grain. Has an underlying smokiness to it. Dare I say it smells like burning? Ha.

T- Rush of roasty malts upfront with an abrupt metallic taste afterwards but doesn't spoil the fun. Wow, this is the first stout I've ever tasted that nails the burnt toast flavor to a T. One would think it'd be unpleasant, but it's not since the alcohol content isn't too high. A bit bitter with afterthoughts of coffee, nuts and yes, just a hint of licorice flavor that's not as prevalent as I was expecting.

M- Thick and oily with a pang of hop bitterness on the palate. Medium carbonation.

O- I must say, the apprehensive nature of this beer is impressive. Here you could have an extreme beer with a 9% ABV, loads of carbonation and a bunch of licorice dumped into it. Instead, it's a humble 6%, as much carbonation as is needed and doesn't have an overabundance of licorice, so you can actually drink more than one without being weighed down by unnecessary alcohol and intense flavors. Yet again, I say Bell's is the shiznit.

Immortale25, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Badger6
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Very dark body, with a thick, brown head. Minimal lacing.

S: Distinct roasted malts. Hints of anise (licorice) and chocolate. Stings the nostrils....in a good way, a formidable scent. But, seriously, this is a distinctly bold aroma, but one that begs to tasted.

T: Malts immediately, a mellow yet well defined taste of roasted and charred malts. But very smooth. Some chocolatey sweetness, but not overpowering or out of balance to the roasted flavors. Some bitterness starts to show at the end, and lingers into the aftertaste. Licorice appears then disappears in the end as well.

M: Very robust body, but so smooth that it drinks easily and is very satisfying. The carbonation is not powerful, giving this beer a creamy feel.

O: This is a really smooth example of a strong American stout, why can't imperials be this good? If you've never had it, try it, if you have had it, why aren't you drinking it now?

Badger6, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of randeezy74
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

randeezy74, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of JohnG190
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into tulip. Served at 50 degrees.

Appearance - inky black with light brown head that stick around for a while.

Aroma - burnt malt, espresso, and dark chocolate dominate. Faint whiff of anise.

Taste - initial sweetness gives way to nice, ever so slightly bitter finish. Flavors follow aroma with slightly more licorice than aroma.

Mouthfeel - medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall - one could almost call this a session stout at 6% ABV, I now understand why this American stout is so talked about. Will definitely visit again.

JohnG190, May 14, 2013
Photo of Gear54
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. 5/1/14 is the freshness date

A: Pours black with with thick tan foam and tons of lace

S: malts and chocolate and coffee. The aroma is a bit weak but I can pick out the individual notes.

T: sweeter than I thought. cocoa and malts mostly with sweetness on the finish

M: Middle of the road but very drinkable.

O: not my favorite from bells but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

Gear54, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +0.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Brent_ray, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

A bit of a cult classic for Stout lovers, the label states, "Stout Brewed with Brewers Licorice." Okay, it's got our interest.

Pours out a thick brown with a tight, tiny-bubbled head. Head retention is above average. Pretty much pitch black in color--there is no light shining through this liquid. Charred-wood aroma with faint smoke, a hint of licorice, mineral and a kiss of black currant in the back. Primo smoothness sets the full-bodied tone. Big on char and burnt flavors, with just enough astringency to play off the malt underneath, and not so much that it ruins the palate. The licorice adds a complex top layer unlike any other beer we've had. Hints of fruit, burnt toffee, baker's chocolate and dark roast coffee in the middle. Finishes bittersweet with a long, lingering char flavor that the palate just can't shake.

Yeah, we can see why this beer has cult status. This Stout is so robust, you can almost chew it. Big thumbs up for the subtle and artful addition of licorice. For a pairing, try some rosemary beer-braised lamb lollipops, or even an old-fashioned pot roast.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 04, 2008
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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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